Honored to Care for Our Patients

The Bariatric and Metabolic Interdisciplinary Clinic (BMI Clinic) has received numerous awards and recognitions for our surgical excellence and overall care of our patients. Here is a sampling of the honors we’ve received.


Physicina of the YearCastle Connolly
National Physician of the Year

Dr. Morton has been named a Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year in Clinical Excellence. Dr. Morton is the Section Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of Bariatric Surgery and Surgical Quality at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. A dedicated clinician and researcher, he has performed more than 2,000 bariatric surgeries without a single mortality, and has published influential articles on a wide range of topics, including patient safety, probiotics, and the impact of gastric bypass upon diabetes, family members, alcohol metabolism, cardiac risk, and fertility and birth outcomes. As Director of Surgical Quality, Dr. Morton leads efforts to improve the Department of Surgery’s University Health Consortium’s annual ranking, and is credited for bringing the department’s Annual NSQIP mortality ranking from Average to Exemplary. Dr. Morton is dedicated to training the next generation of surgeons, and has received six teaching awards at Stanford University in 8 years.

American College of SurgeonsMetabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

The BMI Clinic is the first Center of Excellence in Northern California to achieve Level 1A certification by the American College of Surgeons.

The American College of Surgeons' Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredits facilities in the United States that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. Bariatric surgery accreditation not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports continuous quality improvement.

In the United States, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity and an estimated 93 million people are obese. The co-morbidities associated with obesity range from diabetes and heart disease to certain types of cancers. Bariatric surgical procedures have been shown to reduce obesity, improve mortality, and decrease the health risks from chronic diseases such as cardiomyopathy and diabetes. For these reasons, the MBSAQIP Accreditation Program will recognize those facilities that implement defined MBSAQIP standards of care, document their outcomes and participate in regular reviews to evaluate their bariatric surgical programs.

Blue Distinction

blue distinctionBlue Distinction is an innovative quality designation that helps consumers find medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in select procedures. Blue Distinction recognizes facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. These designated facilities are subject to periodic reevaluation; reassessing their structure, processes and aggregate patient outcomes.






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